Starting midnight tonight, Thursday 26 March, South Africans will be on a 21-day state-ordered lockdown in their homes. While residents will be free to leave their homes to buy essential food items and access medical services, the sale of certain goods such as alcohol will not be allowed during the nationwide shut-down.
Of course, 3 weeks is a long time to go without a G&T or your favourite whiskey on the rocks, so make sure you stock up on your favourite gin and whiskey brands before the liquor outlets close today! While you may not be able to head to bars and restaurants to get your hands on a cocktail, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bottle of Hendrick’s gin, Tullamore Dew whiskey, or Monkey Shoulder Whisky and try your hand at making cocktails at home. Our friends at Hendrick’s, Tullamore Dew, and Monkey Shoulder shared these super easy cocktail recipes for you try at home during South Africa’s 21-day shutdown period.
Hendrick’s Orchard Collins
Appreciated by gin enthusiasts for its quirky character, premium taste, and striking vintage packaging, this premium Scottish gin has quickly become one of our very favourites. Try this recipe for a Hendrick’s Orchard Collins cocktail:
2 servings (50 mL) Hendrick’s Gin
1 serving (25 ml) lemon juice
1 serving (25 ml) of cider
1 and a half (top) doses of ginger beer
3 apple slices
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl filled with ice cubes. Stir lightly and serve. Garnish with a pink cucumber and apple slices.
Tully and Tonic
If you love whiskey, then treat yourself to a bottle of Tullamore Dew Original Irish Whiskey for the 21-day shutdown. The only triple distilled, triple blend, triple matured (the good ole Power of 3) Irish whiskey, you couldn’t ask for a better whisky to be isolated with. Plus, with International Whisky Day coming up on 27 March you don’t want to be caught without your favourite tipple! This recipe shows whiskey lovers the most conventional way to enjoy your whiskey on the rocks with a splash of tonic. Easy to make with the most enjoyable taste.
50ml Tullamore Dew Original Irish Whiskey
150ml Premium Bottled Tonic Water
Freshly cut orange wedge
Fresh ice cubes
1. Pour a measure of Tullamore D.E.W. Original into a glass and fill the glass to the brim with ice cubes.
2. Top with tonic water and gently stir with a bar spoon.
3. Garnish with a freshly cut wedge of orange and enjoy!
Monkey Shoulder’s Ginger Monkey
Monkey Shoulder the world’s first triple blend single malt, combining the best malts from three of Speyside’s best distilleries. It’s basically the Megazord of the whisky world. There’s not a single drop of grain whisky in Monkey Shoulder, and the chosen malts mature in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. The distillery’s own coopers repair these ex-bourbon casks so that they impart a smooth and mellow vanilla flavour into the resting malt whisky. Mmmm… vanilla. Try this recipe for a Monkey Shoulder Ginger Monkey cocktail:
50ml Monkey Shoulder Whisky
120ml Dry Dinger Ale
One Orange Wedge
Fill a tall glass with Ice
Pour the Monkey Shoulder and dry ginger ale
Gently stir and garnish with an orange wedge